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Win a nook from @chizinepub

Take a look at an amazing giveaway that is being sponsored by ChiZine Publications. The nook itself is pretty cool sure but what made my toes curl was the inclusion of the entire ChiZine catalog!!!! OMG 🙂


Purchase a trade paperback copy of either Steve Rasnic Tem’s Celestial Inventories or Christopher Golden’s Tell My Sorrows to the Stones at Barnes & Noble or barnesandnoble.com and email your proof of purchase to felicia@chizinepub.com. (In-store receipts can be scanned or sent as a photo.)

Two lucky winners will be randomly picked from the draw and will each receive a Nook! And we’re also throwing in the entire 2013 ChiZine ebook catalogue! Enter by midnight PST on December 31st. Draw will be held on January 1st, 2014.


Cheryl Rainfield Stained book tour and #giveaway


It is with great pleasure that I share a guest post from Cheryl Rainfield. With the anti bullying project running I feel this fits perfectly as Cheryl does amazing work as she has been described writing with empathy and compassion. How important kindness is and Stained is no different. Thanks to Cheryl and JKScommunications for allowing me to take part in this tour. At the bottom of this post are details on how to enter to win three of Cheryls books ebook format as well as a tour wide grand prize of an ereader.

Cheryl Rainfield Stained


An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for “normal.” Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that-or succumb to a killer.

Strong Girls (and boys) Matter

Girls and women (and boys, too) often think that they’re not strong—perhaps especially because that’s reflected in many movies and books—but they are. We are stronger than we think we are. Sometimes it just takes having someone else point out our strength to help us see it, or being tested and finding ourselves strong. Strength is more than muscle—it is courage, emotional resilience, and inner strength.

For years people told me that I was really strong—ever since I started remembering the abuse I’d survived and talking about it at age 13. I never felt strong; when you’re raped and violated, when you endure torture and mind control, strength isn’t something you equate with yourself. But I was, and I am.

While sometimes I fought back physically against my abusers, even though it meant being tortured more—especially if I was trying to protect others—I think the greatest ways I fought back were emotionally and psychologically—keeping my soul intact; not allowing my abusers to twist me into enjoying torturing or hurting others the way they did; keeping hold of my compassion and empathy; finding ways to heal—and saving myself. I had to save myself over and over again—running away, finding ways to escape my abusers until I really was safe—because as much as I wanted and needed it, no one else saved me. I had to be the one to do it.

That’s something that Sarah in STAINED discovers after she’s abducted. While she needed someone to rescue her, no one knew where she was. She had to find the strength and courage to fight back physically and psychologically, finding ways to stay alive, until finally she gave up the idea of being saved by someone else, and found a way to save herself. She also found a way to start healing. And that, to me, is incredible strength.

Often the stories we hear in the media of bully, rape, abduction, and attempted murder are negative. We don’t hear about the children and women who fought back, who were able to tell someone, or who were able to rescue themselves. I think we need to hear more of those stories, especially in books, movies, TV, and other media. We need those positive reflections to remind ourselves that we are strong and we can fight back. I always write strong girl characters (and emotionally strong boy characters) and Sarah’s story is just that. Her story is also closely linked to mine. I drew on my own trauma experience to write it—and also my healing and strength.

I think for those of us who’ve survived trauma or been through rough times, we need to know we’re not alone and things can and will get better. And for people who haven’t been abused or raped or bullied or held captive, reading a book like STAINED can help remind them of things they can be grateful for—having enough food and water, and choices in what you eat; being able to walk around freely; living without the threat of murder; living without abuse. Having friends and support and laughter. It may also increase people’s compassion for others who’ve been through such trauma.

We all have pain. We’ve all had hard things we’ve had to endure. So if you believe you’re not strong, I hope you’ll take a moment to think of the things you’ve survived and realize you really are strong.

Cheryl Rainfield

Cheryl Rainfield can be found online at

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Cheryl has kindly offered a copy of each of her books Scars, Hunted and Parallel Visions. Visit each stop on the giveaway to increase your chances of winning. Leave a comment or question here for Cheryl to enter.
There is a tour wide grand prize of an ebook reader. Increase your chances by going to each blog and commenting.

Author James Marshall follow up interview and international giveaway!

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I’m pleased that author James Marshall was willing to be subjected to more of me hehe I wanted to ask some follow up questions and here they are.
I also have two copies ebook format of James fine book to give away, open internationally just leave a comment or a question for James. Please mention what format you’d like the book in, giveaway ends July 1st. 


You said in our first interview that you like your space barren, not reading anything right now to not distract you etc. Have you always been that way? Have you found you are more productive this way or is this just what you like and stick with it?

No, I haven’t always been this way. I used to surround myself with black and white photography. My work room was covered with it. Then one day I took it all down. I’m not even entirely sure why. I think I like the white walls in the same way I like a blank page. There’s endless possibility. And once I sit down to write, I don’t spend too much time looking around anyway.

You mentioned author friends who’s work you’d like to read. Care to share some names and titles?

Yes! Thanks for the opportunity! I’m dying to read THE LAKE AND THE LIBRARY by S.M. Beiko, BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris, HUSK by Corey Redekop, THUNDER ROAD by Chadwick Ginther, FLOATING LIKE THE DEAD by Yasuko Thanh, NO RETURN by Zachary Jernigan, and all the titles ChiZine Publications puts out always look amazing.

You mentioned your dad a couple times. What does he think of your writing?

He’s never read it. I’ve never wanted him to. I don’t write the sort of thing he’s into.

You play your guitar a lot. Do you write just as much? You say you’re not sure you’d entertain with it but you like doing it. If you could pick success as a musician instead of a writer would you?

I can only manage to write about three or four hours a day without getting burnt out. I can go eight hours a day in a pinch but the quality starts to suffer pretty quickly. And I’d definitely pick success as a writer over success as a musician. I don’t really want success as a musician. I mean, I’d like to be able to play at a high level but I don’t want to be a rock star or anything.

Why are your books apocalypse focused? Why does this interest you?

I think that, throughout time, people have always felt the world is ending. Things always seem pretty bleak. And our world really does end when we die so, in a way, for all of us, the apocalypse really is always near.

How did joining ChiZine come about?

I’d written NINJA VERSUS PIRATE FEATURING ZOMBIES and ZOMBIE VERSUS FAIRY FEATURING ALBINOS and I had no idea what to do with them. I sent them to the few people I knew. One of them recommended ChiZine. Am I ever glad she did!

What was your first experience getting published like?

My first “real” experience getting published was with a literary magazine and I’d been trying so hard and for so long that I was a little callous by then. I couldn’t really feel happy because I’d been disappointed so many times. But I had a credit to put in my cover letters and that’s all I really wanted.

What do you know now that you wish you had know then?

I still don’t know anything. 🙂

Can you tell me about yourself, who is James?

I’m a small town boy who lives in his head.

Bad habits? Spill –

I drink coffee. A lot.

What do you enjoy most about being an author?

Connecting with amazing bloggers, reviewers, readers, and writers! I’ve met some amazing people!

Death on a Longship guest post and giveaway

I’m so pleased to be taking part in the tour for Death on a Longship. I use a viking helmet as an avatar and a viking chick on some other sites. Vikings are super cool bad ass and just plain fascinating. Death on a Longship for sure is one to check out and some lucky person can because there is a giveaway. International even for ebook.  Print US, Canada and UK only.  Check out the great guest post author Marsali Taylor wrote about vikings and  then be sure to enter for the giveaway including some viking jewelry. Good luck to all and thank you to Marsali.

To win a book: leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a book (open internationally for ebook or the US, UK, and Canada for a print book). Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.

To win Viking-inspired Jewelry OR a $15 Amazon gift card: Click the link to go to the contest’s website and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. A first and second place lucky winner will be selected on October 1st. First place person gets to choose which grand prize he/she wants. The second place person gets the remaining grand prize. Open to every country.

The Vikings are still with us in Shetland, says Marsali Taylor, author of newly-published detective novel Death on a Longship.

The Vikings came to Shetland around 735 AD.  Their usual image is as long-haired maurauders, robbing and killing their way down Britain, but these ones came as settlers, bringing what they thought they would need in this new land – like the Norwegian soapstone bowls that were discovered on a site in Unst, our most northerly island.

Gradually, they made their way down Shetland to the south end, Sumburgh, where they set up a fish trading station.  Shetland, in the middle of the North Sea, was on their route further west: to Iceland, Greenland and America … which is where Death on a Longship comes in, for the plot centres around a film about those voyages, with Gudrid, the first European woman in America, being played by Hollywood star, Favelle.

The story takes place on the west side of Shetland, in my own sailing territory:  Brae, Aith, Muckle Roe.  Strange sounding names, aren’t they?  It’s because they’re all descriptive Viking names: Brae, a broad inlet; Aith, a strip of land between two bays. Roe means ‘red’ – the island of Muckle Roe is the big, red island.   When my heroine, Cass, guides her replica longship into the Hams of Roe, she reflects that, ‘This would be my big test as skipper, to bring the ship in to shore without an engine, just as the Vikings had done, and in this place too.  Hams came from the old Norse ‘hamar’, a landing place.   I liked that idea.’

The Vikings didn’t just leave place names.  They also left their language, and in spite of the 500 years of Scottish overlords that came after them, the Shetland dialect is still scattered with the words they spoke:voe, a long sea inlet, peerie, small, a scar or a stour of wind.  We use their phrasing: it’s most splendid of you, Jess, to invite me on your site.  This gave me a problem as a writer.  I wanted my Shetland characters to speak with their own voice, yet I didn’t want to baffle my readers with their mix of old Scots and Viking Norn.  Instead of writing in dialect, I tried to catch the rhythm of Shetland speech – and so her friend Magnie greets Cass with: ‘Cass, well, for the love of mercy.  Norroway, at this season?  Yea, yea, we’ll find you a berth.’

The Shetland sea-going tradition is truly Viking.  We have Europe’s second-largest oil terminal here – Cass’s father worked there – and BP gave us disturbance money, to be used for the benefit of the community.  One of the things the Council did with it was to build little marinas all round the isles.  Cass lives aboard her Khalida in the 54-berth Brae Marina – I visit there frequently with my own Karima S, the original of Cass’s home.

Our love of the sea means Cass has no difficulty in enlisting a crew for her ship, to handle the sail and wield the great oars, for every district of Shetland has a yoal, an 18 ft, double-ended, six-man rowing boat, and yoal races are held at regattas throughout the summer.  The square Viking sail was no problem either, for the design continued into

Shetland fishing boats, and then into the three-man light-weight flyers called the Shetland model, or Maid, which are still seen skimming across the water at Shetland regattas.  Cass thinks: ‘My crew handled this ship as if they’d been born raiders.  The red and ochre sail fell without a flap, bellied out, and we began to move smoothly forward towards the narrow entrance between two cliffs, over water so clear you could see your anchor among the cauliflower weed and fanned mermaid’s hair.’

The Lerwick Up Helly Aa

The Lerwick Up Helly Aa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cass’s crew were even able to supply their own Viking costumes.  One of the most spectacular reminders of our Viking heritage is the fire festival Up Helly A, which takes place in Lerwick, Shetland‘s capital, in late January.  It’s led by a squad of Vikings, stunningly attired in velvet tunics, shining breastplates and horned or feathered helmets.  Up to a thousand guizers march in a torchlit procession through the streets of Lerwick (the streetlights are put out specially), with the chief Viking, the Jarl, brandishing an axe from his replica galley.  There are special songs, the galley is burnt, then everyone parties till morning.  The country versions of Up Helly A aren’t quite so large, but the lead Vikings are still resplendent in swirling cloaks and sheepskin boots.

No, there’s no difficulty in getting hold of a Viking costume in Shetland, and the red-fair Viking look is still seen here too, so once the beard is grown and the hair let loose, you’re pretty close to the real thing … for DNA tests have shown that a native Shetland man’s DNA is closer to that of a Norwegian than that of a Scotsman.   As any Shetlander would tell you: ‘The Scots were the interlopers.  The Norskies, they’re our cousins.’

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Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland’s scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland’s distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women’s suffrage in Shetland. She’s also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.

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Destiny of Shaitan by Laxmi Hariharan tour with author guest post

A couple days ago I shared an interview with you and today I am hosting Laxmi Hariharan in celebration of her new release The Destiny of Shaitan with a guest post. Check out the guest post below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win either a $15 Amazon Gift Card or Autographed Paperback of The Destiny of Shaitan.

Who wants to be a futurist? By Laxmi Hariharan

“I am too far ahead of my time” my father often complained to me in my growing years. I now know that he took this as the main reason to behind being misunderstood. He perceived his ideas to be too radical to be appreciated and often felt miscast, as if he had been born fifty years too early. Cut to twenty years later and here I am, claiming with a straight face, that I am a futurist. It sounds so over the top when I say that right? Futurist conjures up images of someone who is just too cool for the real world. But over the years as I read what others (who call themselves trend-spotters, future-proofers or futurists) say about themselves, I found there were certain traits I recognized, prompting me to put myself into this quirky group. Here I have compiled my research into a quiz. How many of these questions strike a chord?

1. Have you travelled and lived in at-least four different countries by the time you were thirty?

2. Do you prefer Percy Jackson over Harry Potter? But in general would read YA over any other kind of fiction book?

3. Did you never get over your fascination with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland? Perhaps you also fell in love at first sight and married your childhood or teen sweetheart?

4. Is fantasy and science-fiction your favourite movie genre and do you believe that The Fifth Element is one of the most entertaining movies ever made?

5. Are you obsessed with vitamins, anti-ageing packs, anti-oxidants, flower essences, ginseng & assorted herbs from all parts of the world which help regenerate brain cells, physical cells, keeps your eyesight sharp etc. You get what I mean?

6. Were you one of the first in your peer group, to get an email address, and to get onto twitter and Facebook, and the rest? And now you are like so all over social networking platforms then living in the real world is a struggle? It is quite normal for you to have bizarre tweet conversations with others about the relative merits of Loki vs. Thor? And when you sit around a meeting room table with grown-ups they still can’t understand the appeal of twitter over FB – duh!

7. Are you fascinated by technology & Einstein and you just don’t know why? It’s just that they are really cool?

8. Are you very instinctive, and believe in the unsaid, the unheard, the unseen… We are not alone.

9. Friends accuse you of being ‘spaced out’; being ahead of your time and you often struggled to fit in as a teenager. In fact it is the same now; except you have learnt to embrace social niceties.

10. Have you always dreamt of being an entrepreneur and even now find it difficult to follow rules. Do you feel sometimes that you are stuck in your rebellious teenaged phase? Actually children do make more sense than grown-ups any day.

Did you say yes to eight out of ten of the above? Congratulations! You are one of the misunderstood, socially awkward, geeky, fantasy inspired nightriders. In my experience though, either you say yes to all or to none; that’s just how we futurists are rather extreme. Are you a futurist? Do write in and share your experiences.

About Laxmi Hariharan:

I am a writer, technophile & dare I say, a futurist, with a penchant for chai and growing eye-catching flowers. Wanderlust drove me out of my home country India and I travelled across Asia, living in Singapore and Hong Kong before coming home to London. I am inspired by Indian mythology; I draw strength from the stories my grandmother narrated to me as a child. It is in acknowledging my roots that I found my voice. When not writing I love walking in the woods with my soulmate, and indulging my inner geek.

I would love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or my website.

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